While progress has been made worldwide in achieving gender equality in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education for girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer from discrimination and violence in all regions of the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
Regrettably, currently, one in five women and girls aged 15 to 49 reported having been physically or sexually abused by an intimate partner over a 12-month period, and 49 countries currently had no laws protecting women.
Ensuring equal access for women and girls to education, health care, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity as a whole.
Our economic and community development program FXBVillage, currently underway in Burundi, Namibia, Rwanda, Mongolia and Myanmar, enables us to provide a comprehensive response by simultaneously addressing all the factors that underlie poverty, through five areas: nutrition, health, education, healthy housing and environment, and economic strengthening – with a particular focus on empowering women.
Indeed, we believe that investing in the economic empowerment of women is the undeniable path to poverty eradication, gender equality and inclusive economic growth.
In addition, through our global capacity-building activities, FXB organizes numerous awareness-raising and training sessions for participants in its programs and surrounding communities. Various substantive topics are addressed, such as women’s and children’s rights, violence against women and children, gender equality, reproductive health or the absolute necessity of birth registration.
The objective is of course to raise awareness but, above all, to initiate changes in behaviour and practices essential for a more just and dignified life.
These programs are underway in Burundi, Namibia, Rwanda, Mongolia and Myanmar.